COUNTRY, Ma Kind of Music
First, no jokes about what happens when you play a country song backwards!
I was raised by a father who loved the blues, jazz and the Beatles. My mother was a different story. She raised me on Country. I don't know if it's the fact it was my mothers favorite type of music, so I just associate it with the heart, or if it's the lyrics and timing of the songs but Country is the music I always associate with heart. When I think back to any particular event in my life or happy time there always seems to me a country song connected to it. Country may not be as popular a genera world wide as rock, metal, pop or even classical however I don't know if there is another that can fill the soul with feeling.
It may have been my Ma or the Japanese concept of ma which may be the answer to why I believe Country is about heart. Many believe westerners sense time differently. We don't enjoy space or emptiness.
This could be true for certain regions of the west. I am uncertain if it could be said to be a universal truth. My favorite American sport, baseball, is filled with ma. The blank parts of the game, between pitches, allows our imagination to experience the beauty of ma. The spaces allow the anticipation to grow adding something more to that double play or stolen base with nothing as the backdrop.
Country as a genera of music may have a different sense of time than other music. There are gaps and in those gaps our hearts may experience the beauty of the thoughts the artists are singing on either side.
Which song to share in my ma buzz? I couldn't decide which video would be appropriate for the post so I let the universe decide. While this buzz was still a draft a coworker tapped me on the shoulder to ask me the name of a song I was listening to. I was listening to the country channel and I knew his preference was more Motown. When I turned to answer him he had a small tear in his eye.
The song was "I loved Her First" (Below). I've been listening to the song for years. He however never heard the song before but had a daughter attending collage in her first serious relationship. Chad told me he and his wife were starting to discus the possibility of a wedding for their only daughter. He said he wanted to save the song for their father/daughter dance.
Every time I hear the next country song on the radio I think "Oh my favorite song." So I don't think the six songs below could be considered my favorite. They are all songs though I have been tapped on the shoulder by friends, family members or complete strangers and asked who's the artist or what's the name of that song. Read the titles and pick one with a title you feel a connection with then listen. If you can't decide I would suggest the one Chad picked for the share.
Kenny Chesney - Don't Blink
KENNY ROGERS- SHE BELIEVES IN ME. 1979
Heartland ~ I loved her first
Lonestar - I'm Already There
Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance
Alan Jackson - Remember When